Tougher penalties eyed to protect ‘aquatic resources’

  • A visitor takes a picture of a resting sea turtle behind cones at Punaluu Black Sand Beach in Ka’u in November. A bill awaiting Gov. David Ige’s signature creates tougher penalties for those who take, harm or kill protected aquatic life. (File photo/Hawaii Tribune-Herald)

Among the bills passed this legislative session and sent to Gov. David Ige for his consideration is one that would stiffen penalties for violating the state’s aquatic resources law.